HIGHLAND PARK — For some residents of Highland Park, too many bars have opened too quickly along Figueroa Street, according to a story reported by KPCC.
The neighborhood has 60 alcohol licenses, about a third of which were issued in the past three years alone, the news site said.
Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council member Jessica Ceballos told KPCC this boom has knocked the neighborhood’s economy out of balance:
“It’s not a sustainable economic framework for a community, and we need varied businesses that aren’t just restaurants or coffee shops, that employ people from various industries and backgrounds.”
Ceballos also told KPCC she researched having a moratorium on any new alcohol licenses. But such a moratorium could only take place citywide or countywide, not just in a neighborhood. This means residents who want to slow down liquor sales will have to go to the zoning board and fight each new alcohol license on a case-by-case basis, KPCC said.
But bar and restaurant owners told KPCC that the bars are consistently crowded, proving there is a demand. In fact, a few weeks ago, the owners of the former Highland Park Masonic Temple on Figueroa filed a request with the city to serve beer and wine as part of a new restaurant, bar and performance space in the landmark building.
New alcohol licenses have also been granted on York Boulevard, where a proposed food hall recently requested city permission to serve and sell a full line of alcoholic drinks.
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